A12 to heaven – how knowing Jesus makes a difference when life is at it's toughest

Imagine the pain of receiving the kind of phone call every parent dreads. Not one, but two teenage daughters involved in a terrible car accident. All their earthly hopes and dreams for their daughters extinguished at the side of the road, Phil and Heather Stoddart grieved. But they did not greive in the same way as those with no hope. Why? Because actually their hopes for their daughters were not extinguished that day. They had a hope for them that went beyond the tragedy of their death. Phil … [Read more...]

JOLLYBLOGGER: The Truth is Uglier Than We Think, God is More Beautiful Than we Realize

Attached is a quote from my friend David Wayne, the Jollyblogger. He was discussing a recent post from Michael Spencer's wife (link available from David's post, read his first then Denise's). Keeping the balance between false triumphalism and wrong-headed fatalism is not easy. Consider these two post as a blog against triumphalism, but don't allow it to drive you to fatalism! All of this kind of stuff mirrors what Denise was trying to convey.  She didn't put it this way, but Christians know the … [Read more...]

PJ Smyth on How to cry well when facing cancer

This year, news of PJ Smyth's lymphoma was the sandwich in between which the rest of the event was the filling. If you were at TOAM you could not miss it, and it brought the urgency of everything else into sharp focus. In the first session we were told he had a lump in his neck that would be removed. In the last session, Terry shared a text message which PJ had just sent him immediately on arriving home from a doctor's appointment, which had confirmed it was Hodgkin's lymphoma.PJ  will be … [Read more...]

GUEST POST- Rev Mark Ashton RIP

The following is a guest post from Jonathan Carswell: There are some people whose life and ministry makes a huge impact. There are others who, ironically, make their mark upon death. Rev Mark Ashton was a man under God who did both.Vicar at St Andrew the Great in Cambridge for the last 16 years Mark’s teaching ministry has blessed countless 1000’s who move through the city each year.When diagnosed with inoperable cancer and given just six months to live, Mark was neither downhearted, nor for … [Read more...]

SERMON: A People on a Mission

I preached this message at Jubilee Church a little over a week ago. It was part of our series from Acts and based on Stephen's Martyrdom from Acts 6 and 7. Brief notes follow the video.Downloads: Video Audio HighDefTill now, Acts had been a time of glorious growth and excitement power. Their friend had RISEN AGAIN and been glorified. All of their sermons in Acts were about this wonderful truth. MOST exciting, most GLORIOUS message MUST share caught up on a wonderful mission. It is … [Read more...]

Video sermon on the gospel by Matt Chandler

About ten days ago, Matt Chandler preached the following sermon at Jubilee Church in London.  In it he preaches the gospel, focusing in on the parable of the prodigal son from Luke's gospel.  Many readers will remember seeing Matt's "Jesus wants the battered rose" illustration. If you want to see that illustration in context this is a good video.  It is vital that Christian's expose themselves to clear gospel teaching often. This talk will make fresh for you the wonderful good news of Jesus' de … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler on preparing for suffering

Quite simply, you absolutely have to watch this. Chandler is in the UK this week, and will be addressing the Newfrontiers prayer and fasting event, a 300 leaders gathering, and next Sunday will be preaching at Jubilee Church.  Try and come to hear him live if you possibly can. But please do watch this, and ask yourself, am I preparing myself and those dear to me for suffering?Watch on vimeo … [Read more...]

How Pain Helps Us Understand the Real God

Nancy Guthrie lost two of her three children. No wonder she is not easily satisfied with platitudes about God.  She has put together Be Still My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose and Provision in Suffering, a collection of writings from old and new authors designed to help us come to terms with pain as believers.I plan on dipping into this book myself, as if this extract is anything to go by, it is going to be worthwhile. We should not wait until we face major trauma to tackle what we think about s … [Read more...]

Two Books On Ruth By John Piper

The man is a dynamo. Knowing as I now do how much heartache and mental effort can go into just one book, the many volumes that Piper has produced are a monumental achievement. Most of us find it hard to even keep up with reading all of them. They are all good, but some of his works stand out as exceptional. I believe that his book on Ruth called A Sweet and Bitter Providence (Crossway, 2010) is one that it is important you do not miss. Piper crams a lot of teaching into a short book, which also … [Read more...]

"You Don't Need Me Here" – John Piper

John Piper preached from Romans 8 for The Village Church recently while Matt Chandler was recovering from surgery.  I loved the way he began his sermon by stating that, having listened to recent talks by other pastors in the church, he was confident that the church did not really need Piper to help them deal with the challenges they currently face.  One of the best marks of a truly great leader is their ability to raise other leaders. Chandler has clearly passed that test.  No wonder Piper said … [Read more...]


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